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Tom Brady calls it "ridiculous" to suggest the suspension of  Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is tied to the quarterback's personal health  coach.  

The questions about Alex Guerrero on Saturday prompted Brady to abruptly end  his first media availability of training camp.

"I have no comments Jeff  Skinner Jersey , just ridiculous. I'm out," Brady said before  walking away.

Edelman brushed aside a similar question in his first comments since  receiving his four-game ban for a drug-policy violation.

"What's in the past is in the past. I love Alex and ultimately I'm worried  about just going out here and playing football," Edelman said. "I'm not here to  talk about or make a headline or something."

Edelman, tight end Rob Gronkowski and former Patriots receiver Danny Amendola  are among several Patriots who have also worked or consulted with Guerrero.

Edelman will begin serving his suspension at the start of the regular season.  He can practice with the team and play in preseason games.

Brady provided another short response when asked if there was tension between  him and coach Bill Belichick this summer.

"I have no thoughts," Brady said.

Brady has relied on a fitness and nutrition program developed by Guerrero  since 2004. The pair also partnered in opening Brady's TB12 Sports Therapy  Center, which is adjacent to the Patriots' Gillette Stadium facility.

In January, Patriots CEO Robert Kraft, Belichick and Brady released a  statement calling an ESPN report "flat-out inaccurate" that said there had been  disputes between team officials and Guerrero regarding player-medical  affairs.

Brady will turn 41 next week and has credited Guerrero's program with helping  to extend his NFL career, which is entering its 19th season. As part of the  strict regimen devised by Guerrero, Brady eats a mostly plant-based diet during  the season.

Despite skipping the voluntary portion of spring workouts, Brady said his  focus and commitment to football remain high.

"Football is very, very important to me. It always has been, and I love being  out here with my teammates. So, it's great," Brady said. "As you get older you  have different responsibilities, and I think that's just part of life.  Everyone's got to deal with those responsibilities differently and what works  for them.

"Football is a huge part of my life. I love being here with my teammates and  playing Mathew  Barzal Jersey , and hopefully we can have a great season."


The highest-scoring team in the NHL is playing a stingy brand of defense in  the playoffs.

Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning know ultimately that will be  the key to the chances for a deep run for the third time in four years.

The top seed in the Eastern Conference won its opening round series 4-1 over  the New Jersey Devils, with Vasilevskiy stopping 53 of 55 shots over the last  two games.

”We did a good job. They’re a good team, but we were better a little bit,”  the 23-year-old goaltender said after Saturday’s 3-1 clinching victory.

”The guys played well,” Vasilevskiy said. ”When your team is playing well,  I’m feeling much better, more confidence. … ”Now it’s in the past and we have to  move on and think about the second round.”

Nikita Kucherov scored goals in four of the five games, including three  game-winners.

With five goals and five assists, he set a franchise record for points in a  playoff series and also tied Vincent Lecavalier for second place on the Tampa  Bay’s postseason scoring list with 52 points in 50 games.

But as well as the league’s third-leading scorer and the rest of the offense  performed over the course of the series, the defense was just as good after  struggling at times over the last two months of the season.

The Devils scored seven goals in the four games they lost. Before yielding  one goal in each of the final two games, Vasilevskiy had never allowed one or  fewer goals in a playoff start.

”He’s been unbelievable. He’s so young, but it seems like he’s been in the  league for 20 years,” Kucherov said. ”When he makes the saves, it gives energy  to our group and the bench, everyone is fired up.”

In his first season as a No. 1 goalie, the finalist for the Vezina Trophy  tied for first in the NHL in victories (44) and shutouts (eight) and finished  with a 2.62 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

Those numbers might have been even better if the Lightning had played better  defense in front of him over the last half of the season.

”He was on it from Game 1 Dwight Clark  Jersey ,” coach Jon Cooper said of the young goaltender’s  performance against the Devils.

”He just came up huge in every big situation. … The timely saves were  phenomenal for us,” Cooper added. ”He just played with confidence.”

And, that gives the Lightning reason to feel good heading into the Eastern  Conference semifinals against the winner of the first-round matchup between the  Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.

”We don’t care who’s going to be there. There’s no easy teams in the  playoffs,” Kucherov said. ”We have to make sure we play the same way and we play  our way.”

Cooper appreciates being able to close out the Devils early, avoiding a  return trip to Newark, New Jersey, for Game 6.

”Ultimately, you just don’t want to get on the plane, again. It’s not that  there’s still series left, but it’s the wear and tear on the body and mind,”  Cooper said. ”I’m not one of those, let the series go seven and just keep  playing. We’ll take the rest, take a step back and prepare.”

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